The lawyer for Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams issued a statement on Thursday after a judge ruled their four-game suspension by the league will be upheld.
"Kevin and Pat have shown an enormous amount of courage standing up to the NFL machine throughout this litigation. The NFL not only failed to abide by its obligations to administer the Steroid Policy fairly and equally, but chose to ignore its ethical obligation when it discovered that Players were taking an over-the-counter food supplement -- StarCaps -- that contained a potentially lethal and undisclosed controlled substance. And all the while, the NFL was holding to the position -- as it has throughout this litigation - that State Law did not apply to the NFL. And that it could thus ignore the rights and protections that the Minnesota Legislature decided was needed for all employees.
"This litigation hopefully will make the Steroid Policy better, not weaker, as the NFL has contended, and will force the NFL to be more responsible and responsive to its obligations.
"The results are decidedly mixed. All NFL Players and the State of Minnesota have gained an important victory. No employer can stand above the Law, including the NFL. We are obviously disappointed that, despite violating Kevin and Pat's rights, the NFL still is threatening to suspend them. Kevin and Pat should be admired for the battle that they waged, not only for all NFL Players but for all employees throughout the State of Minnesota."
The players will be appealing the ruling at a 2:00 PM court case on Thursday.